Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., FRCP (Co-chair), is the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led for more than 20 years. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July, 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a position he held until December, 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first independent member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.
He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999 Joint Commission’s Ernest Amory Codman Award, the 2002 American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor, the 2006 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organiza
tions, the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England, the highest honor awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of more than 160 scientific articles and four books. Dr. Berwick recently became a lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School.
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. (Co-chair), is an economist and a senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. Her focus has been on strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis in recent years on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care. Dr. Wilensky serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation and the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Medical School. She recently served as president of the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory board to the Secretary of Defense, was a commissioner on the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and co-chaired the Department of Defense Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care.
She was the Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now called CMS), 1990-1992, and Deputy Assistant for Policy Development to President George H. W. Bush in 1992.
She chaired the Physician Payment Review Commission, 1995-1997, and MedPAC, 1997-2001. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has served two terms on its governing council. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association, and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations (e.g., National Alliance for Hispanic Health, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia). She is also a director of UnitedHealth Group and Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Wilensky testifies frequently before congressional committees, serves as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.
Brian Alexander, M.D., M.P.H., is a radiation oncologist specializing in research and clinical care for patients with tumors of the central nervous system and is the Director of the Neuro-radiation Oncology Program at the Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Harvard Medical
School. He also served as the Fellowship Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research interests include the characterization of the radiation responsiveness of glioma stem cells, preclinical evaluation of novel therapeutics, and innovative designs for early phase clinical trials.
Dr. Alexander previously served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 2008 to 2009. Under Secretary Peake, he helped prepare the VA for the transition of administrations and worked to develop a public reporting system for quality performance indicators that would become VA ASPIRE. During the transition and the early part of the Obama administration, Dr. Alexander served as a health policy advisor to Secretary Shinseki. In that role, he led the Department’s effort to organize the International Roundtable on Clinical Quality and Patient Safety and coordinated all aspects of Secretary Shinskei’s preparation for the Obama Administration’s Health Care Summit. In addition to his role as health policy advisor, Dr. Alexander organized the startup of the VA’s Coordinating Council on National Health Reform and directed the activities of its multi-team Health Reform Working Group.
Dr. Alexander is originally from Southfield, Michigan, and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
David A. Asch, M.D., M.B.A., is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Management and Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.
He teaches health policy at the Wharton School, and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion—the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national center to support vulnerable populations and reduce racial disparities. He directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
David Asprey, Ph.D., PA-C, currently serves as Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum in the Carver College of Medicine. In addition, he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services. He holds secondary appointments in the department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in biology
from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. He received a master’s degree in instructional design and technology and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Iowa College of Education. His clinical practice as a PA has consisted of 4 years in emergency medicine and 21 years in pediatric cardiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Asprey has authored numerous abstracts, articles, and chapters in addition to co-editing three textbooks. He has served on the board of the Physician Assistant Education Association, including a term as president, and was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, where he also served as the vice chair. He is the recipient of several awards, including Iowa Physician Assistant Society’s PA of the Year Award, Carver College of Medicine’s Collegiate Teaching Award, the Ben Pardini Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, and the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Master Faculty Award.
Alfred O. Berg, M.D., received his professional education at Washington University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Washington and completed residencies in family medicine and in general preventive medicine and public health. He has served on many national panels using evidence-based methods to guide practice and policy, including chairmanship of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel on Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention, and chair of the National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference on Family History. Dr. Berg was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1996 and has served on 7 committees for the National Academies, chairing 3, and contributing to 13 reports. He currently serves on the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a nurse and a health care economist, serving as the Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Buerhaus was the Senior Associate Dean for Research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Before that, he was assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health (1992-2000) where he developed the Harvard Nursing Research Institute and its postdoctoral program. Earlier he served as assistant to the CEO of the University of Michigan Medical Center’s seven teaching hospitals (1983-1986) and assistant to the Vice Provost for Medical Affairs, the chief executive of the medical center (1987-1990).
Dr. Buerhaus maintains an active research program involving studies on the economics of the nursing workforce, nurse and physician workforce forecasting, developing and testing measures of hospital quality of care, determining public and provider opinions on issues involving the delivery of health care, and assessing the adequacy of the primary care workforce. Dr. Buerhaus is co-author of the 2008 book The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the United States: Data, Trends, and Implications.
In 2003, Dr. Buerhaus was elected into the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and since 1994 has been a member of the American Academy of Nursing. He served on the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research (2001-2006), National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Nursing Quality Performance Measures (2004-2005), as a director on the board of Sigma Theta Tau International (2001-2005), and as a member of the Joint Commission’s Nursing Advisory Committee (2003-2010). He serves as an expert advisor for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s health care workforce initiative. On September 30, 2010, Dr. Buerhaus was appointed to Chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission.
Dr. Buerhaus earned his baccalaureate degree in nursing from Mankato State University (1976), a master’s degree in nursing health services administration from The University of Michigan (1981), and a doctoral degree from Wayne State University (1990) and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral faculty fellowship in health care finance at Johns Hopkins University (1991-1992).
Amitabh Chandra, Ph.D., is a health and labor economist, a professor of public policy, and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisors. In 2011 he served as Massachusetts’ Special Commissioner on Provider Price Reform. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the IOM.
His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. In 2012, he was awarded the American Society of Health Economists medal.
Denice Cora-Bramble, M.D., M.B.A., is the Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Health Services at Children’s National Health System in the District of Columbia. In this role she leads all regional ambulatory clinical operations, including eight pediatric subspecialty regional outpatient centers, two emergency departments, seven general pediatrics health centers, nine pediatric practices, seven school-based health centers, and three mobile medical units. Dr. Cora-Bramble has direct responsibility for more than 1,000 physicians, nurses, and administrative staff members and oversees a budget of approximately $113 million. She directs the physician business enterprise at Children’s National focused on quality outcomes, operational efficiency, patient satisfaction, access to timely services, fiscal responsibility, and shared accountability.
Dr. Cora-Bramble completed her medical and pediatric residency training at Howard University and earned her master’s in business administration with a concentration in medical services management from Johns Hopkins University. She is a professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University and the 2009 Health Care Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. In 2007 she received the highest national honor in community pediatric education, the Academic Pediatric Association and American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Pediatric Community Teaching Award. Her work in community pediatrics has been featured in Contemporary Pediatrics.
Michael J. Dowling, M.S.W., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Shore–Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System. It is the largest integrated health care system in New York State, with total revenue of almost $7 billion and a workforce of 48,000. It consists of 16 hospitals, 17 long-term care facilities, 3 trauma centers, 5 home health agencies, and hundreds of outpatient and ambulatory facilities. In 2011, it opened a medical school in partnership with Hofstra University.
Before North Shore LIJ, he was an executive with Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling served in New York state government for 12 years, including 7 years as State Director of Health, Education and Human Services and Deputy Secretary to the Governor. He was also Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. Prior to his government experience, he was a professor of social policy and Assistant Dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Kathleen A. Dracup, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, is a professor and dean emeritus of the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. A
member of the Institute of Medicine, she is a leader in the field of cardiovascular nursing and has been an influential mentor for cardiovascular nurse researchers for the past three decades. She is recognized internationally for her investigation in the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on spouses and other family members. She has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials testing interventions to reduce the emotional distress experienced by cardiac patients and their family members and to reduce morbidity and mortality from sudden cardiac death. Dr. Dracup has published her research in more than 400 articles and chapters and textbooks.
Anthony (Tony) E. Keck, M.P.H., is the Director of Health and Human Services for Governor Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina. He has more than 24 years of experience in health care management, consulting, policy and academics in the United States and Latin America. Prior to his appointment in South Carolina, Mr. Keck served three years in the administration of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal as health and social services policy advisor to the governor and chief of staff and deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals. In the private sector, Mr. Keck managed and consulted for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, where he was Director of Operations for Latin American Consulting and Services, and as Director of Management Engineering at Ochsner Clinic New Orleans, and Administrator of St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering and a master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. He serves on the Board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and has an appointment at the Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is the fifth executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. He holds an appointment of Associate Vice President within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a clinical professor with an appointment in the university’s School of Social Work and holds an adjunct professor appointment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. His academic interests include minority health, health disparities, and workforce issues. He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and formerly served on the IOM’s Committee on the Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations. Dr. Martinez also serves on numerous state and national boards focused on improving the health care system.
Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and a professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. His research and policy work focus on U.S. and international health workforce issues. He is the principal investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative Coordinating Center, a PEPFAR/NIH/HRSA-funded, 12-country African medical education project. He previously served as principal investigator of the Gates-funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study. His U.S. work includes the Kellogg Foundation–funded Beyond Flexner Study and the Medical Education Futures Study. He is an appointed commissioner of the National Health Care Workforce Commission.
Dr. Mullan graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and from the University of Chicago Medical School. He trained in pediatrics and was commissioned in the United States Public Health Service, where he worked in New Mexico as one of the first members of the National Health Service Corps. During 23 years in the Public Health Service, he served in many capacities, including director of the National Health Service Corps, director of the Bureau of Health Professions, Secretary of Health and Environment for the State of New Mexico, and as an Assistant Surgeon General. He was a member of both the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. In 1996, he retired from the Public Health Service.
Dr. Mullan has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. His books include White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician; Vital Signs: A Young Doctor’s Struggle with Cancer; Plagues and Politics: The Story of the United States Public Health Service; and Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care. Dr. Mullan is the founding president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. He is the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s 1988 Courage award, the Society for Surgical Oncology’s 1989 James Ewing medal, as well as the Surgeon General’s Medallion, and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Distinguished Service Medal. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Roger Plummer, B.S., is a retired executive-level consultant of an international telecommunications technology organization (for 17 years) following a successful 30-year career with the Bell System and Ameritech (created by AT&T’s divestiture) where he retired as president and CEO of Ameritech’s Custom Business Unit. Among the Custom Unit’s initiatives was implementation of a software-based regional health care information network, and much of Mr. Plummer’s support of non-profit entities includes involvement in health care. He served (or serves) on the governing boards
of Ravenswood Hospital (Chicago); the University of Illinois, where he had trustee oversight of its hospital and college of medicine; the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a public member; and the National Headache Foundation. He is founding chairman of the Advisory Board of Rush University Medical Center Neurobehavioral Center.
Deborah E. Powell, M.D., is dean emeritus of the medical school and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. She joined Minnesota in 2002 and led the University of Minnesota Medical School until 2009. She was also Assistant Vice President for Clinical Sciences, Associate Vice President for New Models of Education, and McKnight Presidential Leadership Chairman at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, she served as an executive dean and Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 5 years. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and as Vice Chairman and Director of Diagnostic Pathology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is a medical educator and has more than 30 years of experience in academic medicine.
Additionally, she has been the president of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the president of the American Board of Pathology. She served as the chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges and as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2009-2010. She has served as a director of the ACGME, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Fairview Health System, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Association of American Medical Colleges and Hazelden. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Powell is a board-certified surgical pathologist. She received her medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., M.A., FACOFP, Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, is responsible for the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; NYIT School of Health Professions; NYIT Academic Health Clinics; The Center for Global Health; The Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology; The Center for the Future of the Health Care Work Force, and The National Institute for Health Policy.
Dr. Ross-Lee is the first African-American female to serve as dean of a U.S. medical school and the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship program.
She has extensive background in health policy issues and has served as an advisor on primary care, medical and health professional education, minority health, women’s health, and rural health care issues on the federal and state levels.
Dr. Ross-Lee is the past president of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and the past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Governors. She served as chair of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Pre-doctoral Education, which was responsible for osteopathic college accreditation, and as member of the AOA Bureau of Professional Education, which was responsible for the accreditation of osteopathic graduate medical education and continuing medical education. She is the past chair of the AOA’s Minority Health Initiative and past member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health and the NIH Advisory Committee on Rural Health.
Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., is President and CEO of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, President and CEO of Deaconess Professional Practice Group and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. His investigations have focused on the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer and most recently on innovations in healthcare deliv¬ery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of more than 481 scientific and professional articles.
Dr. Steele received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Steele serves as a member on the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare and previously served on the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Steele is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American
Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Steele also serves on the following boards and national committees: Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore, Bucknell University Board of Trustees, Cepheid Board of Directors, Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Weis Markets Inc., Wellcare Health Plans Inc., xG Health Solutions Board of Directors, Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) External Advisory Board (Emory University), the Peterson Center on Healthcare Advisory Board, Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board, Third Rock Ventures Business Advisory Board, the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, and Healthcare Executives Network. Dr. Steele most recently served as Board Chairman for Premier Inc., former Trustee on the Temple University School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Dr. Steele currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. He is a former member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Perfor¬mance Health System, the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Performance Measurement, and the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.
Dr. Steele is the recipient of several awards, including the CEO IT Achievement Award (2006); AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award (2007); 8th Annual (2010) AHA Health Research & Education Trust Award and HFMA Board of Directors’ Award (2011). He has been named consecutive times to Modern Healthcare’s 50.
Gail L. Warden, M.A., serves as President Emeritus of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and served as its president and chief executive officer from 1988 to 2003. He is professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. He served on its Board of Health Care Services, Committee on Quality Health Care in America; chaired the Committee on the Future of Emergency Medicine in the United States, the Committee on Planning a Continuing Health Care Professional Education Institute, and the Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology. He served two terms on its Governing Council. He is chairman emeritus of the National Quality Forum, chairman emeritus of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a past chairman of the American Hospital Association, and the chair emeritus of National Center for Healthcare Leadership. He is an emeritus member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees and serves on the RAND Health Board of Advisors.
Mr. Warden holds the position of Vice Chairman and Trustee for the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Board of Directors, and he chairs the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and the Detroit
Zoological Society. He is also a director for the National Research Corporation’s Board of Directors in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Picker Institute. He served as a director of Comerica, Inc., from 1990 to 2006.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Warden holds a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Warden received an honorary doctorate in public administration from Central Michigan University and an honorary doctorate of humane health care from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Debra Weinstein, M.D., is Vice President for Graduate Medical Education at the Partners Healthcare System and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School and completed training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she served as Associate Chief and Residency Director in Internal Medicine. Dr. Weinstein is Deputy Editor of Academic Medicine, a director of the MGH Institute for Health Professions, and a former director of the Acceditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She chaired the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Resident Affairs and the Macy Foundation’s 2011 conference on reforming GME. Dr. Weinstein was a 2006-2007 American Council on Education fellow and is a recipient of ACGME’s “Parker Palmer Courage to Lead Award.” She is involved in teaching and research related to GME and maintains a limited practice in gastroenterology.
Barbara O. Wynn, M.A., Senior Health Policy Analyst at RAND, has been involved with Medicare payment policies and graduate medical education financing for nearly 40 years. Ms. Wynn spent 24 years with the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, the predecessor agency to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). While at HCFA, she was directly involved with Medicare payment policies related to graduate medical education, beginning with the initial establishment of direct graduate medical education (GME) per-resident amounts in 1986 though the regulations implementing the GME provisions in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. During her last 5 years at HCFA, Ms. Wynn represented HCFA on the Council on Graduate Medical Education. Since coming to RAND in 1999, she has been principal investigator for several projects related to financing graduate medical education.